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Hughes Warehouse Adaptive Reuse / Overland Partners

  • 01:00 - 21 September, 2014
Hughes Warehouse Adaptive Reuse / Overland Partners
Hughes Warehouse Adaptive Reuse / Overland Partners, © Dror Baldinger, AIA
© Dror Baldinger, AIA

© Dror Baldinger, AIA © Dror Baldinger, AIA © Scott Adams, AIA © Scott Adams, AIA + 22

  • Architects

  • Location

    203 East Jones Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78215, USA
  • Principal In Charge

    Jim Shelton, AIA, LEED AP
  • Project Team

    Patrick Winn, James Beyer, John Burleson, Bess Swantner, Fernando Ortega
  • Area

    22800.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Scott Adams, AIA
© Scott Adams, AIA

Text description provided by the architects. Drawing inspiration from the history of the 26,000-GSF Hughes Plumbing Warehouse, this adaptive reuse project extends its scope beyond that of a traditional renovation. 

© Dror Baldinger, AIA
© Dror Baldinger, AIA

Focused on supporting the revitalization efforts of downtown San Antonio, Overland Partners set out with the goal of transforming a 1918 warehouse into an innovative but functional studio space; in turn the firm was equally and unexpectedly transformed by the building.

Floor Plan Collaboration Space
Floor Plan Collaboration Space

Collaborative areas integrated into the preexisting structural grid and daylit by clerestories serve as the primary organizational component around which the ground floor studio is arranged. This spatial organization inspires creative collaboration and communication between employees while also facilitating project reviews, client meetings, design charrettes, visiting student critiques, and weekly office-wide lunches.

© Dror Baldinger, AIA
© Dror Baldinger, AIA

A series of enclosed meeting rooms are strategically located throughout the studio, providing privacy and areas for more focused collaboration. These rooms are clad in raw sheet steel and reclaimed teak, which allude to the industrial past of the building yet are detailed with a refinement that attests to the sophistication and craft of the firm.

© Scott Adams, AIA
© Scott Adams, AIA

A newly inserted courtyard unfolds beyond the existing brick façade, creating an unexpected public space that opens the building to the street and allows access to adjacent tenant spaces. The courtyard provides natural light and ventilation while expanding the entry sequence from the compressed industrial street edge, which is located along a former railroad corridor. 

© Dror Baldinger, AIA
© Dror Baldinger, AIA

The existing loading dock openings were fitted with custom perforated steel gates to provide cohesion with the arts and design district that is grounded by the neighboring San Antonio Museum of Art. Referencing the building’s graffitied past, the pattern was generated from a highly pixelated version of Jackson Pollock’s painting Number 14, 1948.

© Dror Baldinger, AIA
© Dror Baldinger, AIA

The project integrates modern systems—including lighting, daylight and motion sensors, a 65 kW photovoltaic solar array, and efficient mechanical systems—while preserving the historic integrity of the building. Concrete salvaged from the building was reused as pavers in the alley, transforming a neglected zone into a functional and refreshing outdoor meeting space.

© Dror Baldinger, AIA
© Dror Baldinger, AIA

The Workshop provides a dedicated space for model and mock-up building as well as materials research and fabrication.

© Dror Baldinger, AIA
© Dror Baldinger, AIA

Glass and steel components, such as punched windows and a window wall overlooking the courtyard, were integrated into the existing longleaf pine and brick structure, allowing natural light to infiltrate the warehouse space. 

© Dror Baldinger, AIA
© Dror Baldinger, AIA

The renovation of the warehouse along the banks of the San Antonio River in the burgeoning River North district of downtown San Antonio has transformed not only a building but an organizational culture and neighborhood, supporting the firm in their mission to influence and transform the world through the practice of architecture.

© Scott Adams, AIA
© Scott Adams, AIA

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Cite: "Hughes Warehouse Adaptive Reuse / Overland Partners" 21 Sep 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/548804/hughes-warehouse-adaptive-reuse-overland-partners/> ISSN 0719-8884
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